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Yes, people still do actually use pagers

February 22nd, 2017

Pagers might have been the shortest-lived personal electronic device ever to grace a pocket or purse. It seemed like by the time they actually reached mainstream acceptance, the cell phone swooped in and promptly destroyed the pager market. Today, a smartphone can do everything a pager does in about ten different ways, so there really …

GCHQ/NSA Submarine Cables Spy Operations

Massive surveillance operations possible with explicit help from telecom companies

November 26th, 2014

U.S. and U.K. spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, respectively, have performed a variety of sophisticated spy operations, collecting massive amounts of personal data, as many Edward Snowden leaks revealed in the past year. German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung has published a new report that reveals that as far back as 2009 the GCHQ, and …

Verizon Wireless payment: Vodafone

Verizon Wireless to pay parent companies $7 billion in cash

May 13th, 2013

Verizon Wireless on Monday announced that it will pay its parent companies a $7 billion cash distribution in June. Verizon and Vodafone teamed up back in 2000 to create the joint venture Verizon Wireless, which has grown to become the largest wireless carrier in the United States with more than 115 million customers. Based on …

Verizon AT&T Vodafone Buyout

Verizon and AT&T could partner to acquire Vodafone [updated]

April 2nd, 2013

A new report claims that two unlikely partners may team up to acquire the world’s second-largest mobile carrier. According to the Financial Times, Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are working on a breakup bid for European carrier Vodafone (VOD) that would value the company at $245 billion, a 40% premium over its current valuation of …

Australian judge demands that Apple show carrier contracts to Samsung

November 9th, 2011

Australian Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett has ruled that Apple must show Samsung its contracts with Vodafone, SingTel and Telstra if it cannot reach an agreement on Samsung’s accusations that the iPhone maker contractually forces the carriers to subsidize the iPhone. Samsung has also argued that the Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPhone 3GS infringe …

Vodafone rumored to be mulling RIM buy

October 5th, 2011

Shares of Research In Motion stock are popping for the second day in a row on rumors that the company may be looking for a buyer. RIM’s stock was up as much as 14% on Wednesday morning as mysteriously sourced rumors suggested U.K. carrier Vodafone is considering an acquisition. Investors see RIM quickly running out of cash …

iPhone 4S, 8GB iPhone 4 listings appear on Vodafone’s German website

October 3rd, 2011

More iPhone rumors! New listings on German wireless carrier Vodafone D2’s website add weight to the notion that Apple is planning to unveil only incremental updates at tomorrow’s event. Found by German iPhone fan site ifun, Vodafone’s Elgato Tivizen DVB-T receiver page now lists several new Apple phones as being compatible with the TV receiver. The …

Vodafone teases iPhone 5, this year’s biggest smartphone

September 26th, 2011

Vodafone in Australia has just put up a teaser page for what is undoubtedly the upcoming Apple iPhone 5. What else could be “this year’s biggest smartphone release,” some generic run-of-the-mill Android handset? In any case, Vodafone is giving interested customers the ability to subscribe to receive updates about the iconic handset once official information …

Throwback Thursday: AT&T Wireless

May 12th, 2011

As you can see from the above image, the destruction and slow reconstruction of AT&T is quite a story. With the T-Mobile merger currently being debated by Congress, potentially adding another chapter to the saga, we thought it might be a good idea to look at the genesis of AT&T Mobility as it stands today. …